Comic book writer Neil Gaiman has a long conversation with tons-of-books writer Stephen King.
Monthly Archive: April 2012
The studio that released both Dracula and Bridesmaids turns 100 today.
Both are rock stars, and both are getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Ever seen Oprah touch a koala? Here’s your chance.
Celebrated author E.L. Doctorow offers a how-to guide to American “unexceptionalism.”
Scenes from a walk in New York City.
Photos from Brendan Hoffman of the Prime photo collective, from behind the scenes of 2011’s early days of the GOP primary.
Twenty years ago, on 29 April 1992, Los Angeles erupted in riots after the acquittal of the cops who beat up Rodney King. Read what King (and others) have to say about it now.
High fashion or Saturday Night Live sketch? You decide!
A gallery of images from the old-time (and new-time) greats.
Former Yugoslavian dictator Tito has a Tumblr! See sample photos here!
A gallery of photos from behind the scenes in Hollywood, from Marlene Dietrich to Mel Gibson.
A bad sign for his reelection hopes.
If Sherlock Holmes can become an action hero, why not a shortish, sickly mystery author?
This is the front of an old silver dollar I found on my bookshelf. The reverse side is even better.
Will it be an obscure salute to Harry Truman and 1948?
For a guy who’s never even been seen, Bigfoot sure has been getting a lot of press these last couple of years. Did he get a new agent?
Folk song lyrics updated for the modern era.
President James Buchanan was born 23 April 1791, the last U.S. president to be born in the 18th Century. Elected in 1856, he helped his country slide into the Civil War.
Moby-Dick has been spotted off the coast of Russia.
The Oregon Zoo’s star elephant was born the same year as Tom Cruise and King Abdullah of Jordan. And he gets more cake than either one.
Garry Winogrand’s great photos show “the people watching the parade, not the parade.”
Now in its eighth generation, the famous wire-walking family is the topic of a new documentary.
Jailed for obstructing justice, he embraced Christianity and became an advocate for prisoners.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s report blames an enlarged heart and heart disease.
Canadian actor Jonathan Frid died. He played vampire Barnabas Collins on TV’s Dark Shadows in the 1960s. Frid is dead, but Barnabas Collins is alive and well.
The Norwegian extremist is currently on trial for the killing of 77 people last July.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appeared yesterday with the Patriarch of Moscow, and guess who had the cooler hat?
“Bland.” “Cornball.” “Limp.” “Flailing.” And those are the reviews that don’t make canine jokes.
The film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is coming to a theater near you. If you live near Cannes. The ads boast Kristen Stewart as one of the stars. The Twilight star is once again torn between two lovers, except this time they pretty much love each other.
The winningest coach in NCAA basketball history has ended her run.
Watch her go for 25 large on Dick Clark’s old game show The $25,000 Pyramid.
Dick Clark is just the latest. Celebrity deaths in 2012 are way past 2011 numbers.
The American Bandstand host died of a “massive heart attack” today at home in New York.
Oscar-winning beauty Grace Kelly left Hollywood behind and married into the royal family of Monaco on 18 April 1956.
How did the genius who wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark and Body Heat end up making so many small, dull movies?
Yes, it’s a dog jumping rope. Better than you can do it, too.
Lawrence Kasdan talks to the PBS interviewer about directing, his new movie, and working with Kevin Kline.
Jackson Pollock would have been 100 years old this year, had he not drunkenly flipped his Oldsmobile and died in 1956.
Mary Schmich, longtime columnist for the Chicago Tribune (and author of that email) has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
A new one: Washington Capitals fans use the president to taunt a goalie.
Joe Biden and Barack Obama talk it over, as seen through a doorway at the executive mansion.
Texas Monthly takes another pass at his missing year, with mixed results.
Finally! An expert on longevity practices what he preaches.
The old trouper starred in what was possibly the greatest and strangest beer ad of all time.
A simple gallery of some musical greats, from the book Hip Hop Immortals: The Remix.
Last winter, Newark mayor Cory Booker helped dig out snowbound cars. This year he’s moved on to stone-cold lifesaving.
The beauty queen was pulled over doing 60 in a Jaguar with an open bottle of Champagne.
Aubrac and his wife helped fight the Nazis in the south of France during World War II.
Did the Illuminati get to Thomas Kinkade? That’s the rumor on the internets.
The Little, Brown Book Group has announced the publication date of the next J.K. Rowling novel.
The mug shot, a map of the region and a bonus photo of the gated community where it all went down.
After weeks of uncertainty, Florida prosecutors have brought charges.
A bonus photo gallery to go along with the new Who2 profile of Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara.
Aging killer Charles Manson is boycotting his parole hearing today. And this could be his last one until 2027.
Hard-boiled author Raymond Chandler used some idiosyncratic methods to write his “most ambitious” mystery novel.
Creator Matt Groening says that The Simpsons’ hometown is named for Springfield, Oregon.
Republican candidate Rick Santorum ended his campaign for the presidency today. See the video.
A fact-filled video about “superhero” Marie Curie, with finger puppets.
Springtime! The swallows return to Capistrano and the swan boats come back to the Public Garden.
The coroner’s office says it may take until August for test results to come back on the artist, who died suddenly on Friday.
Are those men members of the Screen Actors Guild, or are they just unloading old Christmas trees in April?
Before he was respectable, the celebrated interviewer was a “stage actor, game show host, radio announcer, and commercial pitchman.”
A photograph of Bill Murray washing dishes.
New Yorker Cynthia Nixon was born 9 April 1966. Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games once played her son in a movie. See a little Little Manhattan here.
The painter “died in his sleep” says his live-in girlfriend. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
He’d been in a care facility and his memories of 60 Minutes were “completely gone.”
Remember The Hours? This is the guy who wrote it. Our new biography of Michael Cunningham is now live.
If you were the Supreme Commander during World War II and president, you get your own cabin at the site of The Masters.
Dogged, merciless, pit bull, grand inquisitor… that’s how the papers are summing up Mike Wallace.
She’s a Rhodes scholar, a volleyball player, and a super-popular TV personality. Our new biography is up and running.
Yay! Beyoncé’s on the internet! Here are six great photos of B. from her very own Tumblr (and one more, just because it’s cool).
“Count yourself lucky” if you haven’t seen it, he says. And that’s just his latest smackdown.
Jim Marshall, the man behind rock music’s biggest, loudest amplifiers, has died at the age of 88.
Charles Manson is up for parole next week in California.
From the Twitter account of actress Nichelle Nichols, of Star Trek fame.
Cancer of the Lorax is finally being recognized as a major problem.
Three old lions of golf teed it up first at The Masters.
Betting on the Masters is big business, thanks to the wonders of the Internet.
Now their upper lips are stiffer than ever!
The new Kinect Star Wars video game includes a Galactic Dance Off feature. Now we can see Han Solo do things he was never meant to do.
Last May it was Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the Sofitel. Now an esteemed French scholar has passed at the Michelangelo.
Plus Nic Cage in a burger-hut hat and Jack Nicholson leering just the same as always.
The British goverment spent its own money to educate Texas conservatives about climate change science, and Rick Perry is tetchy about it.
Astrophysicist and chatterbox Neil Degrasse Tyson says he got director James Cameron to change the ending of Titanic.
A new exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum provides photographs from Herb Ritts, known for his black and white nudes and celebrity portraits from the 1980s and ’90s.
Bond fans are reading the tea leaves, as always.
The Big Schmear of frozen bagels has died at age 81.
Poetry lovers from Aberystwyth University are hot on the historical trail of John Keats’s poem “To Autumn.”
Daniel Clowes talks to The Times about the inner worlds of the cartoonist.
Golfer I.K. Kim missed a one-foot putt yesterday and lost the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The opposition party of “Mother Suu” claimed at least 43 of the 44 available seats in Parliament.
Rick’s Cafe becomes Rick’s Cantina in George Lucas’s new reissue of the Hollywood classic.
Lin-sanity is over! The left lin-niscus needs lin-throscopic surgery.
She’s been elected, say reports. If the vote holds up, it will be an amazing turn of events.